"Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior"
Directed by Prachya Pinkaew
Tony Jaa's breakout performance as Ting, a religious
warrior on a vigilante mission, earned near-unanimous acclaim from critics,
who declared the actor's rigorous, athletic star-turn equal to performances
by Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, and other martial arts icons. The film follows
Ting as he travels to Bangkok to recover a priceless statue from a ruthless
warlord, but much of the plot is ancillary to spectacularly choreographed
action sequences that pummel the senses. "Fans of action movies will find
much to appreciate in this symphony of flying limbs, breaking bones and
elaborately staged chases and confrontations" (A.O. Scott, New York Times).
Thai with English subtitles. 105 minutes.